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Chav Culture: A New Trend in Gay Culture?


Until I read the article below, I knew nothing of “Chav” culture. I didn’t even know what a “Chav” was.

According to urban dictionary: There are people in the world who think that the label “Chav” is classist, and refers to those who are working class. However, once and for all, it does not. “Chav” in fact refers to those who have absolutely no respect for anything at all, though in fact demand to be respected all the same. They can be found spitting on the streets; they can be found sitting in bus shelters cadging a smoke off other people; they can be found in courtrooms everywhere for street crimes. They will happily attack anyone who so much as looks at them

Here’s the link to read examples.

And here’s a post about the new trend. Remember, I didn’t write this one. I’m only relaying the message.

Study examines fascination with ‘chav’ culture among middle-class gay men

New research at the University of Leicester is investigating a growing fascination with ‘chav’ culture among middle-class gay men in Britain.

Professor Joanna Brewis, from the University of Leicester School of Management, UK, will conduct primary empirical research into gay class tourism following publication of findings reported last year in the journal Sociology.

Research she carried out with her former colleague Professor Gavin Jack, now at La Trobe University in Australia, revealed the complex consumer patterns of middle-class homosexual men who go ‘slumming’ at chav nights in clubs, typically dressed in tracksuits, baseball caps and flaunting showy diamond and gold bling.

Professors Brewis’s and Jack’s findings overturn the traditional stereotypes of gay men as cultured, bourgeois consumers, suggesting instead an interest in the lower-class values of ‘chavs’ encapsulated in certain types of pornographic material, sex lines and night clubs.

Professor Brewis commented: “Our research opens up some interesting questions, including whether the fascination with chavs opens up the gay space for working class homosexual men, or just reinforces the view of the ‘unselective male libido’.”

Professor Joanna Brewis has been a member of the University of Leicester School of Management since 2004. Her research interests are in the intersections between the body, identity, sexuality, consumption, culture and processes of organizing. As well as the project described above, other recent research work includes exploring intimacy, motherhood and life-work ‘balance’; and discourses of Same and Other around culture and professionalism in Aotearoa New Zealand social work.

Professor Gavin Jack joined the La Trobe Graduate School of Management in 2009. His research interests include international management issues, consumption and postcolonial organizational analysis.